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Cycling at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games:

Men's 2 mile

Cycling at the 1904 Summer Games:


Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Francis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Date Started: August 3, 1904
Date Finished: August 3, 1904
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA Burton Downing
Silver: USA Oscar Goerke
Bronze: USA Marcus Hurley


The two mile race was contested in one heat with 13 starters. Unfortunately, many of them are not known to us. [Marcus Hurley] led at the start of the race with [Burton Downing], [Teddy Billington] and [Oscar Goerke] following closely behind him. [Charles Schlee], a well-known rider from the National Turnverein in Newark, New Jersey, rode in last place through most of the race as was his custom, relying on his excellent finish. However, because of the crowded field he could not get through the field to make a chase for the championship. On the home stretch, Hurley's cycle slipped on the dusty cinder track and he was passed by both Downing and Goerke. Downing won by approximately one wheel over Goerke with Hurley in third place, defeating Billington by a length.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T M
1 Burton Downing 19 United States USA Gold 4:57.8
2 Oscar Goerke 21 United States USA Silver at 4 feet
3 Marcus Hurley 20 United States USA Bronze
4 Teddy Billington 21 United States USA at 1 length
AC Charles Schlee 30 United States USA